Directory Celebrants in Christchurch
You can have the romantic wedding of your dreams.
Traditional, Celtic, Spiritual, Polynesian or Oriental. You can have prayers, poems and readings - indoors or out in the Sunshine. You can also have Handfasting and Jump the Broomstick if that is what you would like. I’m an Irish New Zealander and I love the flexibility NZ law allows.
My Job: During the ceremony it’s my job to ensure that together you are at your very best - smiling, relaxed and in-the-moment. It’s also my job to see that your guests are relaxed, happy and enthralled by a ceremony they are part of. When we meet we can talk about this and why it shows in my reviews and why it will show in the photographs of your wedding.
Wedding Emcee: Let your friends relax and enjoy your wedding reception while I act as your Emcee for that special occasion. Visiting NZ: I can make most of the arrangements and many of my weddings are arranged via Skype.
Registry style: Budget? Have a fun but ‘Registry Office style’ wedding at my home on the hills overlooking Christchurch.
Destination Wedding: There are some very special places in New Zealand and I’m happy to travel to the one you choose.
Kate and Jason said: Sean was amazing, we would recommend him to anyone, easy to deal with & he helped everyone relax, especially Jason and the groomsmen.
Leonie & Dena said: Sean brought solemnity, humour and joy to our nuptials. He included our UK friends who Skyped into the ceremony at 3:30 am!
Dena Cowen said: We recently celebrated our third wedding anniversary and the greatest memories from the day (and not just from us) were the food, the music and Sean!
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Thank you very much Sean ..you are the best and you made our wedding stress free xx 5
Wedding Date: July 13, 2019
I’m writing this review as Mother of The Bride to thank Sean for help making my daughter and her husband’s day special with his knowledge, humour and seriousness all in the right places. He managed us all well with his ease of manner. When the paid DJ didn’t show up he so kindly loaned us his PA system so all ran smoothly. I highly recommended Sean
Wedding Date: May 18, 2019
We would highly recommend Sean as a marriage celebrant. Sean was so very helpful, kind and knowledgeable in the lead up to the wedding. The rehearsal we did only filled me with confidence and the wedding day itself ran super smoothly. Sean was funny and personable and all of our guests loved him! He wrote a beautiful ceremony script and helped us heaps with our vows. I can’t thank Sean enough for all his help and his guiding wisdom throughout the whole planning process.
Wedding Date: April 27, 2019
My husband and I are based in Australia and decided to have our wedding at Flaxmere Gardens, Masons Flat in May this year. My husband originally from Nelson NZ wanted a celebrant who was relaxed, funny and also serious when needed to be. Sean Joyce stood out for us when choosing our celebrant to hold the most important day of our lives. Sean was extremely good with communicating with us over in Australia via Skype, phone and email and provided us with support and guidance. No question was too big or too small Sean was always happy to answer and help where he could.
The wedding day was a dream, Sean is a truly excellent celebrant making our day so very special.
He engaged the guests and also helped us along the way, he also made us feel more relaxed and this is how we wanted our wedding day to be.
We loved Sean that much we asked him stay for canape and drinks time after the wedding
We are both so happy that we choose Sean as our celebrant. We wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.
Highly recommend Sean Joyce as a wedding celebrant!!
Wedding Date: May 4, 2019
This guy is amazing!
From the first time we meet Sean he put us at ease. Sean took us through everything, from walking done the isle to getting your marriage license, for us both not from New Zealand this was a huge help. He is very generous with his time and was always helpful with any questions we had.
Sean brought a great spirit to the day. Our guests loved the banter and Sean’s sense of humor put my guests and us at ease. Sean was friendly and inviting to our guests and
We recommend Sean to anyone looking for the best out there,
Thank you again Sean
Wedding Date: April 6, 2019
Sean was a wonderful celebrant and perfect for our wedding.
His experience, professionalism and knowledge made for a very relaxed planning process. His attention to detail meant everything went smoothly for both the rehearsal and ceremony.
We were very fortunate to come across Sean, as his humour and charm added so much to the ceremony. The best touch was how he managed to make everyone feel like part of the ceremony which so many are still commenting on.
Thank you for all of the energy you put into our wedding day, it couldn’t have been better!
Jessica and Adrian.
Wedding Date: March 16, 2019
From the moment we first met and started drafting out our plans, to the big day itself, we were knew we were in good hands.
Your professionalism, experience, charisma and sense of humor shone through at all stages.
We had a fabulous time, our guests loved you and We hope you enjoyed yourself also!
We threw a few curve balls in there just to keep you on your toes
Mira and Greg Wickes
Wedding Date: March 9, 2019
My husband and I were planning a surprise wedding, hoping a friend who was in on the secret could get her marriage licence to be part of our big day, but as the day grew closer, it looked more unlikely it would come together in time - it was time for ‘Plan B’
Having been a bridesmaid in a wedding Sean officiated over a number of years ago, I was familiar with his easy style. Reading a review from someone in a similar situation, I was inspired by Sean’s openness to work alongside our friend, allowing her to “run the show”, offering his time and advice to structure the ceremony; and stepping in to complete the legalities.
Thank you Sean, I’m very glad we were able to rely on you to help guide the evening and for suggesting some special moments to personalise our wedding ceremony.
Wedding Date: February 23, 2019
Sean was an amazing celebrant!
As we came to New Zealand for our wedding (We live in sydney), Sean skyped us several times to go through everything and make us feel at ease.
Sean is professional, knowledegable, funny and very charismatic. Our guests loved the way he brought some humour to the ceremeony as well as being serious when he needed to be.
Sean was prompt, reliable and he had some sound equipment for us to hire for our personal use later in the wedding, which he kindly dropped off to us the day before at our house and then collected after the wedding, making it a very smooth and hassle free process for us.
We would highly reccommend Sean to anyone - Thank you Sean!
Wedding Date: February 16, 2019
As a young couple, with only 8 weeks to plan our wedding and having no idea how weddings work. Sean was brilliant in helping us with all his knowledge and funny stories. Sean was wonderful to work with and helped us feel at ease with everything.
Would highly recommend Sean to everyone looking at getting married!
Thank you so much Sean from the bottom of our hearts!
Wedding Date: November 11, 2018
Highly recommended Sean, he’s just amazing!!
We contacted Sean through the website, and he replied very fast.
Also he’s so helpful to our wedding, before and during the wedding, always give us lots of different options, and always has lots of new ideas, as well as heaps of useful tips.
Our guests and us all love his sense of humor and his nature personality.
Would definitely recommend him to other couples who needed.
Thank you so much Sean for attend our wedding and be our celebrant, to make our day even more special!
Wedding Date: December 29, 2018
Wow what can we say. Sean is very thorough and experienced. He really made our ceremony enjoyable and relaxed. We couldn’t be happier with our ceremony and the big part of that was thanks to Sean. You won’t regret picking this man to help you for your big day!
Wedding Date: January 19, 2019
When my wife Aimee and I started planning our wedding we were at a loss as to whom to choose for our celebrant. Sean’s name came up in a google search and with a exception all his reviews were a great. We made contact and found him to be exceptionally well organized, professional with some humor thrown in too to lighten to mood…but it was of course his great accent that my Wife was sold on! As time was fast approaching Sean was always there to e-mail us and make contact gaining all the relevant information in a timely manner. Hopefully we weren’t too demanding but Sean was always patient, funny and always available if we needed to make contact. It was our choice not to have a rehearsal but Sean had the day so well organized that the Ceremony flowed perfectly and we had so many fantastic comments from our guests. I feel our wedding was an absolutely incredible day and Sean was a huge part of that. I also have two separate work colleagues getting married next year and have passed on Sean’s details to them too, but of course, I would highly recommend if you’re considering getting married, talk to Sean first.
Aimee & David
Wedding Date: November 7, 2018
We found Sean last minute after my sister in law, who was planned to marry us, had a dely in getting her papers through. Hence we needed an official celebrant for legalities.
Sean was brilliant, nothing was a problem, even when we brought up the option of my sister in law still performing the ceremony but under his supervision (he performed the legal parts).
He was ALWAYS professional, welcoming, easy to contact and speak to and has the perfect amount and type of humor to make any couple’s day that much more fun!
My husband I would recommend him as your celebrant in a heart beat!!
Thank you Sean, you made our day ❤️
Wedding Date: October 6, 2018
Sean is amazing. I know that people always see their own wedding through rose coloured glasses, but our experience was absolutely amazing.
Me and my (now) husband Sam decided to go with Sean after researching online and Sam finding a name that he knew from working in a cafe years ago. You see, Sean and his wife were his regular customers and when we contacted Sean he answered with equal excitement and vigour. As we currently live in the UK, our main concern was how to plan and coordinate the wedding from afar, so our concerns of finding a celebrant who was willing to jump on board (and also on short notice) were emphasized. Sean made us feel calm and guided us through the process - through decisions about the ceremony we didn’t even know were our to make. He even offered his own house for the venue of the celebration when we were struggling to secure a place! We ended up finding a venue and Sean was quick to go inspect and helped with everything he could before we arrived in NZ. When we finally did get there (only a week to go before the wedding), Sean was equally excited regardless of probably numerous weddings he must had done even in that month alone. His banter and humour and amazing spirit shined throughout the couple meetings we had and even in the ceremony itself. Our guests kept coming to us after the ceremony, praising what an amazing celebrant we had. He was there to greet everyone at the start, broke the tension with a couple jokes and made everyone feel comfortable.
We wanted to spend more time with him after the shindig was over, but as a man of excellence he did a good deed, made everyone’s lives just a little bit jollier (and ours tremendously better by leading the most important day of our lives!)) and left a smile on everyone’s faces. You would struggle hard to find a better celebrant, heck a better person even!
Sean, thank you.
Wedding Date: June 30, 2018
Thank you for making our ceremony as quirky and as special as we intended, you really complimented our special day all by being your genuine self,
All of our guest loved your character and sense of humor,
thank you for allowing us the opportunity to include a beautiful Celtic tradition of Handfasting it was a personal touch and meant a lot to my Husband.
You had many great suggestions and encouraged us to include anything and everything we could imagine,
The tips and tricks you have acquired over the years truly reflects in the end result….we had a flawless ceremony filled with a roller coaster of emotions.
The way you conducted the most important day of our lives included lots of love tears, and laughter,
You were reliable, honest, knowledgeable, professional, and above all
we had full confidence in you and you delivered more than we expected.
Thank you for giving us your best,
With lots of love,
Mr & Mrs Carter.
Wedding Date: October 13, 2018
Sean is awesome! We had the best day and he played a vital role in it.
We found Sean to be great with everything and had all the finer details planned out so well.
Very kind and listened to what my husband and I wanted. The ceremony was perfect and we thank Sean from the bottom of our hearts!
Wedding Date: August 11, 2018
Highly recommend Sean Joyce . He made the day amazing and everything went well . He adapts to the way I wanted things. Had humour in him which made me less nervous . Everything went without a glitch and he knew exactly what he/We should be doing on the day. Everyone said nothing but good things about Sean. He made the day that wee bit better and calmer . So thank you Sean
Wedding Date: September 1, 2018
The most amazing part of Sean’s service was his passion, attention to detail and the way he captured who we are in our ceremony. He always keen to know what we really want to do on our wedding and he is flexible enough to follow the way we want it, he also offer some suggestion to make our wedding as perfect as it is and ensures everything is right specially how to look good on the photo as he always instruct us to keep smiling and directing us to face the crowd. He is very professional and always keen to meet up. We felt at ease and comfortable all throughout the process. Having him as our celebrant is a good decision we made.
Sean, Thank you so much for everything.
Gen and Junaid
Wedding Date: April 20, 2018
Sean was fantastic to deal with especially as we were based in Melbourne and had to do most of the planning via Skype. He made the whole process so stress free- from how to apply for the licence from overseas, suggested vendors and even the vows. Nothing seemed too much trouble for him.
We only met face to face a couple of days before the wedding and we both felt like we had known him for ages.
On the day of the wedding he was so professional but also relaxed which was perfect for us.
The wedding was only small and he interacted with everyone and helped make our day such a special occassion and one we will look back on with joy for years to come,
Wedding Date: May 2, 2018
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